We recognise that Gypsy/Traveller communities face some of the highest levels of inequality, discrimination and prejudice in Scotland. This is evidenced by statistics relating to health and education outcomes, several large-scale national investigations led by the Scottish Parliament, and feedback from Gypsy/Traveller communities living in the area.
The discrimination and difficulties experienced by Gypsy/ Travellers are acknowledged within the Scottish Government’s Race Equality Framework and Race Equality Action Plan.
To help address inequality and discrimination faced by Gypsy/Travellers, we are committed to improving the educational attainment of young Gypsy/Travellers and meeting the accommodation needs of those living in the area.
You can read recent research on the needs of Gypsy/ Traveller families, including the Grampian Gypsy/ Traveller Accommodation Needs Assessment 2017, on the research page of the GREC website.
There is one official Gypsy/Traveller site in the area located at Clinterty, near the border with Aberdeenshire, which provides 17 permanent pitches and 4 short term pitches. There is a waiting list for this site.
Because there is a nationwide shortage of official pitches, many Gypsy/Travellers are on the roadside because there is nowhere else for them to go. Where there are unauthorised Gypsy/Traveller encampments, we aim to promote good relations and try to balance the needs of the Gypsy/Travellers with those of the local settled community and businesses.
For information about the management of Clinterty site and unauthorised encampments in Aberdeen please contact:
Gypsies/Travellers Liaison Officer